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Bio & Contacts

Here’s the official version of me:

David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.

He’s co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera.

Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, one literay novel and two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor), an app about Paris history (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events), and another app about the food and wine of Rome (both Apps are currently being updated and are not available–stay tuned). Downie’s latest nonfiction works are A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food (winner of the 2017 Gourmand Award for best American food-travel book) and A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, both published by St. Martin’s Press.

His most recent novel, Red Riviera, a mystery taking place on the stunning Italian Riviera, is forthcoming from Alan Squire Publishing in 2021.


Media contacts:

For info and interviews about RED RIVIERA, please contact my publisher, Alan Squire Publishing:

For info and interviews about THE GARDENER OF EDEN or Paris to the Pyrenees: Jessica Case at Pegasus Books:

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food or A Passion for Paris contact Kathryn Hough

For book, speaking, and movie rights questions, please contact my agent, Alice Martell:

Please email me:


Other recent nonfiction works by David Downie include two critically acclaimed books about Paris and France, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptical Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (April 2013), a National Geographic Traveler pick-of-the-month; and the evergreen volume of essays, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (now into its 10th printing).

Among David D. Downie’s food, wine and travel books are Food Wine Rome and Food Wine Burgundy, plus Quiet Corners of Rome, Enchanted Liguria and Cooking the Roman Way.

Downie’s upcoming literary suspense novel Red Riviera (and his earlier thrillers, Gardener of Eden and Paris City of Night) is a classic page-turner Alfred Hitchcock might have liked.

Atop the Pyrenees, ready to dodge shotgun blasts.

Those are hunter’s blinds…

Read all about it in Paris to the Pyrenees.

Paris to the Pyrenees, Burgundy, David Downie, Alison Harris, pilgrimage

A hop, skip, and a jump to cross the Canche River in Burgundy, one of my favorite lethal spots as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.


Spring time in Paris, Paris


Taking notes, a professional vice, this time in a forest near Bibracte.


Life is dog-eat-dog but occasionally there’s also time for cats that don’t eat cats or dogs. 

In Berkeley, on book tour for Paris, Paris, working away as usual.’


The intrepid Bon Appétit reporter

at the famous del Tortellino, learning from the serious pros. My first TV appearence? (Truth is, I’m not sure I made it on the tube. That camera was trained on the tortellino I was making, and boy were those tortellini famous!)


Me, the tree-hugger.

This specimen is at least 500 years old according to a local we interrogated as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.


“David Downie is the master of educated curiosity.”

 Michael Ondaatje –

Watch a video of “national treasure” Paula Wolfert introducing me at a book event at Reader’s Books in Sonoma, California.

Profiles, interviews, snippets about David D. Downie (please feel free to send me links if you find anything new or interesting or wonderfully obnoxious):

David D. Downie according to Wikipedia

David’s monthly column at

David’s bio on

Listen to an interview about the book with NPR radio host extraordinaire Jacki Lyden on Weekend Edition Sunday.

Listen to David while he’s walking across Paris on the pilgrimage route with NPR’s Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley.

Watch David interviewed on KATU-TV in Portland.

Listen to David talking to Sheila Hamilton of “Speaking Freely” on KINK FM in Portland.

David interviewed about Paris to the Pyrenees in April, 2013 by My French

Ditto, by Janet Hulstrand for

David’s website dedicated to the Italian Riviera (Liguria)

Elatia Harris interviews David on 3quarksdaily

Bonjour Paris features David as Person of the Moment

The Browser interviews David about Paris and books

Travel writer Rolf Potts profiles David asks David about Paris City of Night: thrills and chills

Paris Imperfect talks to David about Paris and Paris, Paris

The Dark Phantom interviews David about his thriller Paris City of Night 

Savory Girl talks to David about the Food Wine books series

Lost in Cheeseland and its Franco-file-Friday interview

Legendary cookbook writer Paula Wolfert introduces David at Readers Books

Reign of Terroir, the great wine blog, reviews Food Wine Burgundy and David’s other Food Wine titles

The American Library in Paris profiles the author of Paris, Paris

Ichef on Downie and his award-winning Cooking the Roman Way

Redroom profile of Downie (like others it needs updating!)

Downie’s articles syndicated by

Review of Paris, Paris by architect Stephane Kirkland

Just Another American in Paris blog talks to Downie

Huffington Post bio of regular contributor David D. Downie


All photos (except Festa del Tortellino) copyright ©Alison Harris

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